Streamline by Jennifer Lane ~ Review

Title: Streamline
Author: Jennifer Lane
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He's captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother's crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father's abuse, battered and alone. 

Leo's girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida's top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there's an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number-one supporter--her father--is in prison for murder. 

Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything's on the line . . . streamline.

Source: Purchased
This is my honest review
Rating: 4 Stars ~ LOVED

Raw, heart-tugging, hopeful!

When I first read the summary for Streamline I knew it was going to be an emotional read. Jennifer Lane tackles various types of abuse in this story, such as child and drug abuse, and she presents them in a realistic and raw way.

Leo Scott and his girlfriend Audrey Rose are high school seniors and both come from military families. Leo and Audrey both love competitive swimming and are on the swim team. They may seem like ordinary, eager high school seniors on the outside, but inside they’re individually battling some tough issues. Audrey is adjusting to her father’s incarceration and loss of family dynamics. Leo has so much pressure to be perfect or he has to endure his father’s abuse.

What I loved about this story is that Ms. Lane does not sugar coat. At times things aren’t pretty, and this is where Ms. Lane excels in making things seem real. Leo and Audrey aren’t perfect and make questionable choices that lead down dark paths. The murder mystery portion is tied well to the plot that keeps moving despite certain parts being so intense that I had to put the story down for a minute to absorb all that happened.

Streamline is also part sports romance, and I like that Ms. Lane puts the characters through the motions of the sport. There is plenty of pool time and all the feels of competition are present. I can tell that the swimming is it’s own special entity in the story. It’s Leo and Audrey’s happy place and provides the lighter moments to contrast the tougher, hard-edged side as the story moves along.

In the end I don’t know what took me so long to read Streamline. This story was published in Spring 2012, and it has been sitting in my e-reader since then. I recently read Jennifer Lane’s novella Swim Recruit. While that story is unrelated to Streamline, it also involves swimming, so I guess I wasn’t ready to leave the swim world just yet. I am glad I took the time to read Streamline and get to know Leo Scott. Life has not been easy for him. When I reached the end of this story, I felt like I wanted to give him a hug.

If you’re in the mood for a new adult sport romance that tackles dark issues and involves a murder mystery, give Streamline a chance. It’s definitely heart-tugging, hopeful, and inspiring!

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~*~ My Book and Snack ~*~
Streamline was enjoyed while snacking on Pink Bubbly Pinkberry frozen yogurt and fruit. It was a yummy end-of-the-week treat!

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